France and the Russian Presence in Africa

Author
Łukasz Maślanka
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron initiated a Franco-Russian dialogue aimed at improving bilateral relations, as well as EU-Russia relations. This effort could be confounded by the growing Russian engagement in Africa, mainly through their military, business, and propaganda activities. These are increasingly harmful to France, which traditionally engages in the politics and economies of African states. The French government hasn’t yet prepared any coherent strategy vis-à-vis the Russian challenge, preferring to wait it out.
Topic
International Relations, Government, Bilateral Relations, Geopolitics
Political Geography
Africa, Russia, Europe, Eurasia, France